This Kit contains:
- 1x 500ml bag of Vinegar Eels
- 1x Collapsible water storage with Lid & Handle 5L
Vinegar Eels are a perfect live food for young fish and small amphibians.
This product contains 500 ml (70/30) of a vinegar and water mixture.
You will need:
- Cider,- White Wine, Light Malt Vinegar - 1L
- Cold water 800ml (not tank water)
- A few crumbs of yeast & sugar (optional)
Set up & Care:
Vinegar Eels are best cultivated in cider vinegar but any other vinegar is also suitable. Mix the vinegar and the water to about 70:30 and fill it into the container supplied with your kit. That will be 1L vinegar and 800ml water for a good going vinegar eel culture. Add 2 tea spoons of sugar and a few yeast crumbs to make the culture even more productive.
To harvest vinegar eels:
- Pour the eels through a coffee filter or fold (funnel shape) a sheet of kitchen paper towels and pour them through.
- Let them drip of properly.
- Turn the coffee filter or kitchen paper with the worms inside out.
- Hold the filter or kitchen paper in to a dish with cold water & let the worms fall off the paper
- Use a pipette or turkey baster to suck them up & feed to your fish or
- If you have a piece of Styrofoam, cut it into a square and cut a hole in the middle.
- Squeeze a cotton ball directly into the hole and let it float in you tank.
- Use a pipette or turkey baster to suck the worms out of your water dish and onto the cotton ball.
- The Styrofoam will float on the water and the worms will slowly fall to the ground.
- Make sure there is not much vinegar or cotton sinking into the water. It will make your water more acidic.
Replace the cotton, if it starts to look unsightly. The Styrofoam can usually be washed off with a damp cloth Vinegar.
Eels are tough, but you should split them and make a fresh culture every 10 to 12 weeks, in order to keep them going. Cleaning the sludge off regularly will usually keep the culture going for longer. Cleaning: After a while a white sludgy mass will form at the bottom of your container. Slowly pour most of the water/vinegar into a clean container, keeping the sludge back. The sludge can be disposed of or used to make up a new culture with the instructions above There are enough Vinegar Eels left and it helps to speed up the splitting process while you are able to use the clean culture to feed your fish.Older cultures can easily be reactivated with a teaspoon of sugar and yeast. Don't seal the lid. Poke a hole in the lid and stuff some cotton in or leave it loose on top otherwise the eels will suffocate. This also prevents insects from infecting the culture. If the fish are not eating all of the eels right away, no problem. They can survive at least 2 days in a fish tank.